Sunday, May 25, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Plum Papaya

This week our featured shop is a creator of creatures, critters, quilts and more. Welcome Tessa of Plum Papaya.

I am a stay at home mom who loves to sew and create for our family and yours. We are a family of five that is composed of my husband, my self, our darling daughter, the dog, and our one eyed kitty. The name Plum Papaya comes from my family's love of Hawaii. I wanted a fun name that reminded me of that love that was a little quirky.

I started out sewing as a quilter when a family family member bought me a hand quilting class approximately 14 years ago and have loved it ever since. The new hobby came during a time in my life when I needed it the most. Very unexpectedly my father passed a way at a young age of 45 and quilting became a part of my healing process. At that time I didn't love doing hand work and did more machine quilting, but as the years have passed I began to love hand sewing too.

When we had our daughter it was important for us as a family for me to stay home with her and so for that to happen and for me to continue my expensive fabric habits, I developed Plum Papaya. A craft business of all things that I love.

My daughter will always come first and so sometimes that will bump my creative schedule. What I find to be the hardest is balancing creating and remembering I have to keep the house clean and meals prepared. 9 times out of 10 the house is not as clean or organized as I would like it to be but with a husband who's organizational skills lack that has always been a battle.

My favorite colors are aqua, teal, and purple. I love to create using organic bamboo velour that has been ice dyed and one day I'd like to start dying my own fabrics. I love Hawaii and am fascinated by volcano's and Hawaii's is the safest of them all. My favorite critter to create are my mice. They are the original and will always hold a special place in my heart.

My daughter is my biggest influence and motivation in my life. She loves all my critters. She likes to snuggle them, play with them, and imagine with them. Can it get much better then that? I see life in a new way, a better way since starting Plum Papaya. Ohh that is a pretty color, where or what could I create with that? How adorable is that? Can I make that my way? The smiles on my little one and others keeps me going. That joy is like no other.

I make creatures, critters, and the very occasional quilt. Ready to go items are available monthly at The Whimsy Willows Congo on hyena cart. Updates and sneak peaks for this group of crafty women can be found here:

Monthly sales happen the second Thursday of every month at 7 pm EST here:

You can find Plum Papaya on Facebook, Website, Twitter, Instagram and through The Whimsy Willows Congo on hyena cart. Tessa is generously offering a special deal to fans. On her website only, use code  VBblog10 for a 10% discount on ready to go or custom items. Purchase must be made prior to expiration date of 8/31/14 even if delivery date is after this time.

Additionally, one lucky fan will receive a $20 Gift certificate towards products on Plum Papaya's Website or Facebook page. (Not applicable on items listed for uploads with The Whimsy Willows Congo, unless it does not sell within 7 days). Will ship worldwide and shipping cost depends on item(s) and their weight.

Enter the giveaway for the $20 gift certificate using the Rafflecopter widget below.The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & Plum Papaya on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 5/25/14 and ends at 11:59pm CST on 5/31/14. The winner will be announced on Sunday and have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fine Print:  Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds. Your information will not be sold, but may be shared with the giveaway sponsor for the purpose of prize redemption. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Entrants found cheating, entering under duplicate profiles, or not following the instructions may be banned. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.  International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping if they wish to redeem their prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. Violet's Buds is not responsible for shops who do not follow through with prizes.


  1. Thank you so much for sponsoring this giveaway, as well as featuring one of my favorite shops. Truthfully I love everything on her page, but if I have to pick I am going to say the Dragon

  2. I love Fantasia the whale she has in her shop!

    Fantasia is my fav in stock, but I'd love to see a narwhal or a super cuddly bunny in our home too

  4. Like the mouse and the whale! Thanks for the giveaway!


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